Since all of those other pursuits were either futile or impossible for me to improve upon, I started reading technical documents on the NES, spend a good two weeks implementing stuff and reworking the mappers, and wound up with vNES. On October 1, 2006, vNES managed to get on the front page of Digg, and that's when my popularity skyrocketed. I found myself being mentioned in the most mainstream to the most unlikely of places, from college radio, Iraqi military bases, all the way down to the India Times.
To this day, people still don't believe that I'm 15. Mostly, because I inherited my NES from my older brother, who was alive when the NES was very popular. My style of writing also seems to throw people off, as I you don't run across many teenagers that bother to find the shift key. Or for that matter, can actually spell "teenagers that bother to find the shift key."
My original host got really angry about the traffic on the site, and continued to claim that I was abusing the server. What they didn't tell me is that the entire problem arose from my inadvertently deleting the favicon.ico file, and that was making the server return a 404 way too much of the time, which isn't really good for ther server. So, I decided to move vNES to Dreamhost. Dreamhost then promptly decided to shut me down, under the perception that my enabling the online emulation of the NES is illegal. I've been mistaken before, but I'm really sure that piracy denotes the downloading of files without the consent of the copyright holder. Technically, this isn't downloading anyway.
Dreamhost felt they could suspend my site without giving me a particular reason, initially. I don't know what it is with server farms and doing this, as it happened a few months later. I then re-enabled my site, and they kicked me off for good. If you're going to shut me down while I'm getting around one million hits a day, give me no actual reason, and then make me wait in support queue for twelve hours and think I'm not going to re-enable my site, you've probably been hit in the head one too many times.
It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't so remarkably and incredibly uncooperative. Not only that, but at the time I had received around $200 in donations from the users of vNES. Dreamhost continued to refuse to give me those funds back until I was about a minute away from sending papers to them, as I finally got them to at least return the money to the donators. If you're reading this, never buy your hosting at Dreamhost (or GoDaddy, but that's obvious - you don't want a content Nazi to be your host).
William Burns, the Chief Technology Officer of VR5 (a company that was using vNES for their Virtual Reality program) really came to my rescue dealing with Dreamhost, writing one of the best open letters I've ever had the pleasure to read. It was sent to Dreamhost and posted on www.virtualnes.com for the world to read. It was one of those New Radicals moments, the underdogs doing a reasonably good job of making the establishment seem incompetent and ostensibly obsolete.
At that point, I moved vNES around donated servers for about 48 hours before moving to my current host (of this site, anyway). Thanks to another site linking to me, the server overloaded and crashed. They decided to lock it until I could guarantee that I won't crash the server anymore. That was the birth of Public Terminal Mode, which allowed people to link to the Coral Content Distribution Network to play games on vNES. Problem is, if you were on a public computer, such as a Library or School workstation, Coral CDN was probably blocked. So, I kept a way to access the main server directly. Hence the name "Public Terminal Mode."Around April 14, I was told that another website was using the vNES applet. At the time, I was rather opposed to the idea. I got a bit angry, only to find out that numerous other websites were also doing the same thing, but they weren't publishing it quite like Nintendo8 was. After a few days of struggling, I came to the conclusion that the frustration isn't worth popping back up in 20 years as a brain tumor, and released it under the GPL on April 22nd. On July 1st, the entire website was redesigned from the ground up to make it easier to use.